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Sarfraz suggests Rizwan for white-ball captaincy

Sarfraz also expressed support for retaining Shan Masood as Test captain

Sarfraz suggests Rizwan for white-ball captaincy PHOTO: AFP

Former Pakistani fast bowler Sarfaraz Nawaz criticized the selection committee, calling for the entire committee to be disbanded.

Wahab Riaz and Abdul Razzaq were recently removed from the selection committee by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

Speaking to a local news outlet, Sarfraz claimed that the entire selection committee showed collective incompetence.

“The selection committee has worked collectively as was apparent during the pre-World Cup press conference with every member admitting that the team was constituted after consensus. Every member of the committee was responsible for the selection, so all should be sacked. The entire selection committee was incapable of delivering,” Sarfaraz said.

Sarfraz also mentioned his repeated attempts to warn former PCB heads about Wahab Riaz's alleged shortcomings and unsuitability for administrative roles, which he claims were ignored.

“I am on record to have written letters to Zaka and Naqvi regarding Wahab’s suspected past and his lack of abilities as an administrator. Nobody paid heed to my suggestion. I knew well that Wahab was not capable of delivering in any capacity yet he was made selector, advisor and manager. On all fronts he failed,” he said.

In proposing reforms, Sarfraz advocated for a comprehensive overhaul rather than selective changes. He suggested reducing the selection committee to three members and emphasized that simply removing individuals like Wahab and Abdul Razzaq would not suffice.

“Major surgery is required if at all we want to put the system on the right track. There should be a three-member selection committee and mere sacking Wahab and Abdul Razzak would not be enough. Not even Asad Shafiq (a silent spectator) and Mohammad Yousaf are capable of delivering,” he said.

Sarfraz also expressed support for retaining Shan Masood as Test captain and Mohammad Rizwan as captain for white-ball formats, citing Rizwan's successful track record in domestic and franchise cricket.

“Rizwan has proved his captaincy credentials by helping KPK win all domestic events in the past while his performance as Multan Sultans’ captain has been consistent over the years. He is the best choice for the job. Babar Azam is low in confidence and should not be considered for the job,” he concluded.